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  1. Maya Angelou Meghan Fowler and Amanda Robshaw

  2. Childhood • St. Lewis • Grandparents • Moved around a lot • 1936

  3. Passing Time Your skin like dawn Mine like musk One paints the beginning of a certain end. The other, the end of a sure beginning.

  4. Education • Arkansas • California • Music • Dance • Drama

  5. Influences • Hatred • Bad experiences • Love • Relationship

  6. Success • Taught • TV • Writer • Plays • Poems • Dancer

  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings The free bird leaps on the back of the win and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and is tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom The free bird thinks of another breeze an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

  8. Positive • “Captures the sound of a voice on a page” • “Unique” • “Powerful”

  9. Negative • “Unmeasured tempo” • “Not serious” • “Sassy”

  10. Quotes • “…I rest somewhere between the unsung notes of night” • “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” • “I believe that every person is born with talent.”